November 11, 2004 11:00 pm

Kathryn Williamson


Kathryn Lucille Williamson, 84, of Enterprise died Saturday. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later. Memorials may be made to the Wallowa Valley Care Center.


Lola Gibson Taylor


Lola Gibson Taylor, 88, of Joseph died Saturday. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later. Memorials may be made to any charity.


Ivan Carper



Ivan Curtis Carper, 87, of Enterprise died Oct. 26. Burial was at Lostine Cemetery.

Mr. Carper was born Aug. 27, 1917, to Charles Paris and Bertha Jane Dond Carper on the family homestead at Promise. He quit school after the eighth grade to help his family on the farm. He worked as a sheepherder around Enterprise, along the Snake River and into the Grangeville area. He served in the Navy during World War II and worked at a sawmill in Wallowa and for Wallowa County Grain Growers until 1952.

On Dec. 21, 1951, he married Wyleigh Hunter in Asotin, Wash., and settled in Wallowa. The couple lived in the same house for 53 years. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service fighting fires, planting and thinning trees, marking timber, surveying new trails, inspecting maintenance and construction contracts and running trail crews, all in the high mountains. He retired in 1981 and had a trail in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, between Mirror and Minam lakes, named for him.

He was a member of the Wallowa Christian church, where he served as trustee, deacon and board chairman. He enjoyed building cabinets, birdhouses and other items, cutting firewood, hunting and making apple cider.

Survivors include his wife of Wallowa; children and their spouses, Kirk and Kari Carper, and Ena May and Jim Dempsey, all of Wallowa, and Jack and Cassandra Carper of Boise; one grandchild; two step-grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Lewis and Rose Carper of La Grande, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Wallowa Christian Church in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.


Bradley Pittser

La Grande


Bradley Dale Pittser, 42, of La Grande died suddenly at his home of natural causes.

A celebration of life was held Sunday. Private burial was at the Island City Cemetery.

Mr. Pittser was born Aug. 16, 1962, in Gold Beach. He attended school in La Grande and worked for Thunder RV. He enjoyed motorcycle trail-riding, wood-burning art, cooking, auto racing, hunting, fishing and being with his family and friends. He was a happy person.

Survivors include his mother and father, Darlene and Larry Red of La Grande; children, Bradley J. Pittser of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Ambrosia Russell of Grants Pass; siblings, Gary Pittser and Shanon Easterday of Meacham, Steve Pittser of Wasilla, Alaska, Tammy and Steve Robertson of Union, and Richard and Anita Botts of La Grande; his grandmother, Jenny Pittser of Wenatchee, Wash.; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to Shelter from the Storm or the Salvation Army in care of Daniels Chapel.


Darrel Lampkins



Darrel L. Lampkins, 76, of Cove died Nov. 1 near his home. Viewing will from 3 to 7 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A viewing will also be held after the services for those who wish to pay their respects.

Mr. Lampkins was born Feb. 5, 1928, to Buell and Ellen Doran Lampkins at his grandmother's home in Flora. He attended Day Ridge School and began farming. On March 21, 1945, he married Georgia Tucker in Enterprise. Darrell would often be seen making the rounds, visiting friends and checking fields. He found great pleasure in his children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and family. He enjoyed hunting and fishing at Day Ridge.

Survivors include his wife of Cove; children and their spouses, Irene Miller of Cove, and Judy and John Steele of Athena; a sister, Verna Schmitte of Elgin; two brothers, Jim and Edwin Lampkins of Imbler; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Cove Fire Department and Quick Response Team in care of Loveland Chapel.


Matthew Witten



Matthew Riley Witten, 30, of Union died Oct. 31 at his home.

Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery with Bishop Jerry Baxter officiating. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Union Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mr. Witten was born Jan. 8, 1974, to Irvin and Jacqueline Carlyle Witten in Portland. He attended school in Union and a culinary school in Bellingham, Wash. He worked in a restaurant there before returning to Union. He worked at Mamacita's, The Hut and as a cook at the Flying J Travel Plaza.

He was a hockey fan and enjoyed movies, music, playing the guitar and bass, writing music and poetry.

Survivors include his parents, Irvin Witten and Jacqueline Preston; siblings and their spouses, Andrew Witten, Benjamin Witten, Margaret and Tom Leonard, and LaRee Lang, all of Union and other relatives. A sister, Katherine Witten, died in 1981.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.


Donald Hodney

Formerly of Elgin


Donald J. Hodney, 70, of Warrenton died Oct. 31 in Astoria. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at West Lawn Memorial Park, 225 S. Danebo Ave., Eugene, with the Rev. Kate Conolly officiating. Caldwells' Luce-Layton Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hodney was born Jan. 24, 1934, to Andrew and Violet Dickson Hodney in Homedale, Idaho. He graduated from McMinnville High School in 1951 and married Delores Fackler on Nov. 15, 1953, in Yamhill. He worked as a sawyer and a transport driver for Farmers' Cooperative Creamery. The couple lived in Elgin for a year where she served as pastor. He did repair work on the churches where his wife was pastor, and he also painted houses.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Fisherman's Benefit Association, and worked with Habitat for Humanity and Warrenton Senior Meals. He was named senior volunteer of the year in Warrenton. He enjoyed landscaping, sports, coaching Little League and girls' softball, playing sports and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife of Warrenton; sons and daughters-in-law, Ed and Heather Hodney of Albany and Don and Kelly Hodney of Hermiston; five grandchildren; siblings and their spouses, Beverly and Jim Huber of Dallas, Viola Wilgers of Heppner, Janet Sterett and Dorothy Frost, both of Vancouver, Wash., Adell Hodney of Eugene and Pat Gould of Annapolis, Md.; and other relatives. Two brothers, Ken and Andrew Hodney, and two sisters, Shirley and Dorothy Hodney, died earlier.


Mabel Knutson



Mabel May Knutson, 95, of Elgin died Oct. 27 at her home. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Knutson was born Jan. 6, 1909, to Bertie and Sara Hurn Smith in Sunnyside, Wash. She graduated from high school in Prosser, Wash., and moved to the Grande Ronde Valley in 1997 from Dodson.

She was a self-taught piano player, and played at community dances. She enjoyed horse races, lotto, greyhound races and cats.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Vivian Sanders of Elgin; a sister, Vivian Smith of White Salmon, Wash.; four grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.


Dr. Joseph Paul Fredrick

La Grande

Dr. Joseph Paul Fredrick, 87, of La Grande, died Friday, at his home.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.


Angelina Fiedler

La Grande


Angelina Leona Maria Theresa Fiedler, 87, of La Grande died Nov. 3 at a local care center. There will be no local services. A family service will be held later in Colfax, Wash.

Mrs. Fiedler was born Oct. 7, 1917, to Phil and Matilda VanDamme DeLange in Wallace, Idaho. She graduated from St. Ignatius School of Nursing, and in 1940 she married Martin Lust Jr.

He died in 1959.

She worked as a registered nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla and later for the Veterans Administration hospital there.

In 1963 she married George M. Fiedler.

She was a member of the Catholic Church and the St. Mary's Alumni Association. In Walla Walla she helped with Dress A Living Doll for the Salvation Army. In La Grande she was a 4-H sewing leader and danced with a square dance club.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Jack Johnson of La Grande; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Julie F. Shoemaker of Pullman and other relatives. Her husband died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.